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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Same-sex marriage advocates claim they are just asking for their rights and want to be left alone...that there are no consequences to redefining marriage.

But tell that to the 14-year-old girl who is getting death threats because she dared to stand up and tell the Maryland legislature to vote no on same-sex marriage.

And if you think it's bad now—just wait until after the bill is signed into law.

This marriage supporter, this is what NOM stands up to and fights against every day.

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14-year-old Sarah Crank testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on January 31st. She urged the committee to give her "the best birthday present ever," by "vot[ing] no on gay marriage." She continued:

"I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it's fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don't want more kids to get confused about what's right and okay. I really don't want to grow up in a world where marriage isn't such a special thing anymore."

CLICK HERE to listen to Sarah's complete 60-second testimony.

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She is brief, polite, and totally non-threatening. Just a happy, smart young girl.

But it obviously struck a chord because within minutes after her testimony was posted online, the comments quickly turned vicious and ugly.

As documented by TFP Student Action responses to her testimony included:

"And now everyone knows her name, so hopefully she will feel what its [sic] like to be harassed and bullied..."

"My god I hate people like this. Most (not all) Americans are [expletive] retards. If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That's a promise."

"Her parents should be exterminated."

"The [sic] is why abortion must stay legal—to prevent little bigots like this from being Born..."

"Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks."

"Her belief is hurting other people. I will attack her as much as I please."

"Parents like hers should be sterilized..."

"I'm gonna kill 'er!"

Can you imagine the outrage if such comments were directed at one of the children of same-sex couples testifying FOR the same-sex marriage bill? It would be all over the national news.

And yet this young girl and her family, heroically standing for what they know is right, are harassed, bullied and even threatened with their lives.

And no gay marriage group has said a word to denounce the threats.

Marriage Supporter, the fact is, radical same-sex marriage advocates are not about live-and-let-live.

AND IF WE DON'T TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW TO STOP THIS, IT WILL BE A NEW AMERICA WE LIVE IN...one in which same-sex marriage becomes law and anyone who disagrees will be bullied into silence; people of faith will be muzzled.

It's not too late—but we must fight back now.

Click here to make your secure online donation right away. Some of you can give $1000, some $100, and some $25. Whatever the amount you can give, it is critical that you stand with us now and fight back against the radical forces that would see you silenced, threatened and harassed for simply believing that marriage is between a man and a woman. Just like they are trying to do to Sarah.

Thank you.

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24 Comments

  1. Good news
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    But you can be for marriage being between a man and woman.
    Just keep it in the closet!
    Thanks for the progress America.

  2. Poison
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    What's really deplorable is how NOM handled this story. The majority of the comments on the video (which I saw weeks ago, might I add - NOM's a bit slow on the uptake) were in pity of the girl's parents grinding their morals into her. You can hear the uncertainty in her voice, and her stumbling over certain words due to the fact that she is clearly reading off of a sheet of paper. Most of the anger in the comments was directed towards her parents for putting her in such an awkward position, and I hope to God that someday she can learn to love others regardless of sexual orientation.

  3. Richard Lutz
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    People are actually trying to justify giving death threats to a 14 year old and her parents because their beliefs are different? Spin that any way you want but it just comes out as intolerant, hateful and bigoted..., all the things that SSM supporters claim to abhor. I guess I should add hypocrisy to that list. I am thankful some news outlets will share the stories that the liberal media won't tell exposing the true heart of some in the SSM movement.

  4. Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Poison, you seem to be condoning the violent epithets directed at this young girl. Care to clarify?

    Parents are the most influential teachers for their children, and all children need to be taught that both a father and a mother are equally responsible for the raising of their children, and that children "are entitled to be born within the bonds of matrimony to a mother and father who honor their marriage vows with complete fidelity."

    Good for these parents for raising a civically minded young lady. Many an adult would rather face a root canal than engage in a public speech, and this young girl did what many an adult wouldn't dare to do.

    If only those who opposed her point of view knew the real meaning of "tolerance."

  5. Good news
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Your antidote as ordered:
    She never says that someone shouldn't be gay. And I hope that one day you will be able to love others who say that the word MARRIAGE includes a man and a woman.
    If you want to create a new type of union in our society, than find yourself a new word, we got this one first.
    If you're in pity or anger over the girl and the parents education of her, you can watch the following clip to find yourself some relief and sanity. (It is not recommended for children to watch! Neither for adults I might add. But what do I know of this crazy society of ours?)
    http://vimeo.com/15550574

  6. Stefan
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    She is brief, polite, and totally non-threatening. Just a happy, smart brainwashed, manipulated and exploited young girl.

  7. TXKeith
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Stefan:
    "She is brief, polite, and totally non-threatening. Just a happy, smart brainwashed, manipulated and exploited young girl."

    And next you'll condemn the acrid, hate-filled, murderous screed coming from activist homosexuals, right?

    I didn't think so.

  8. John
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    These people are no better than terrorists that kill people because of their beliefs. And SSMe'rs that either condone or say nothing agaisnt this are no better. For those of you who think it's okay , take a long, hard look in the mirror and ak yourself..if your child was being threatened for speaking their beliefs, would you be okay with it? If not, then wake up. Stop being so hypocritical.

  9. John Roberts
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    “Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.”

    So your ginned up outrage is at least partially over something an eleven year old posted online? Seriously?

  10. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I've yet to see anyone from the opposition actually condemn the harassment of this fine young lady. They always seem able to rationalize it in some way. My only conclusion is that the opposition at large condones death threats.

  11. Michael C
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    The things some people are saying about this young woman are absolutely disgusting. While I disagree with what her parents told her to say, nobody has the right to threaten her with violence. Online anonymity can truly bring out the worst in some people. We must treat everyone with the respect they deserve and teach our children to do the same, online or otherwise.

  12. Chairm
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    As noted above by a pro SSM commeter these disgusting remarks by fellow SSMers were made quite some time ago and still the response of the leading lights has been?

    Michael C I appreciate you remarks exressing your disgust. Unfortunately the leadership of the SSM campain has based its rhetoric on these sorts of angry feelings aimed at the society in general. The pr SSM rhetoric is not much less disgusting than the gut level reactions you correctly described as obviously disgsting.

    Can you distinguish the two in terms of content rather than mere degree of disgusting tone?

    As for myself, I do not hold the SSM leaders responsible for each and every outpouring of such vile remarks. They have utterred enough such remarks on their own ... in only slightly less degrees of intolerance.

    And some openly excuse the more heated "moments of visceral madness" as I recall someone saying of the mobs that spilled into the streets immediately after the voters approved te CA marriage amendment. I have kept such remarks from the E Coyote incident for those would like to review them in the context of the SSM leadership's influence on SSMers at-large.

  13. Chairm
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    As noted above by a pro SSM commenter these disgusting remarks by fellow SSMers were made quite some time ago and still the response of the leading lights has been ...?

    Michael C I appreciate you remarks exressing your disgust. Unfortunately the leadership of the SSM campain has based its rhetoric on these sorts of angry feelings aimed at the society in general. The mainstream of pro SSM rhetoric is not much less disgusting than the gut level reactions you correctly described as obviously disgusting.

    Can you distinguish the two in terms of content rather than mere degree of disgusting tone?

    As for myself, I do not hold the SSM leaders responsible for each and every outpouring of such vile remarks. They have utterred enough such remarks on their own ... in only slightly less degrees of venom and intolerance.

    Poisoning the well by a single thal dose is not much distinguisable from poisoning the wel with a thousands smaller does ... the steady drip of poison has been formal, official, and systemic from the SSM campaign.

    And some of the leading voices openly excuse the more heated "moments of visceral madness" as I recall someone saying epathetically of the wild rhetoric of the creaming crowds that spilled into the streets immediately after the voters approved te CA marriage amendment. I have kept such remarks from the El Coyote incident for those would like to review examples in the context of the SSM leadership's influence on SSMers at-large.

  14. Poison
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    "You seem to be condoning the violent epithets directed at this young girl. Care to clarify?"

    I am not, and if it came off that way, I'm sorry. What I meant is simply that this article is not well researched - and one of the quotes is from an eleven year old. Any of the legitimate criticisms in the video's comments had to do with the poor girl's parents brainwashing her, not with the girl herself.

    "Parents are the most influential teachers for their children, and all children need to be taught that both a father and a mother are equally responsible for the raising of their children, and that children "are entitled to be born within the bonds of matrimony to a mother and father who honor their marriage vows with complete fidelity.""

    They do not deserve to be taught that, as it is a lie. Feel free to look it up on your own, but SSM parents raise children just as well as straight folk. Marriage, incidentally, has existed in many cultures for thousands of years - not simply Christian ones. And gay marriage has existed in those cultures. Since gay marriage has existed, and has no effect on children they raise, there is literally no reason to force the belief that it is dangerous on a girl such as Sarah - young, impressionable, and uninformed.

    "Good for these parents for raising a civically minded young lady. Many an adult would rather face a root canal than engage in a public speech, and this young girl did what many an adult wouldn't dare to do."

    Her adults fall under that category - they forced their daughter to speak out instead of doing it themselves, and it's a pity these beliefs are being shoved down her throat.

    "If only those who opposed her point of view knew the real meaning of "tolerance.""

    I cannot tolerate children being put in danger, and Sarah's parents have made life for her a living Hell.

  15. Michael C
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chairm,

    You mentioned content and I think that content is more important than delivery. When we yell at a little girl or threaten her for what she says, we are not railing against her beliefs but instead her right to have them. That is wrong, plain and simple. If we are being jerks while fighting for equality, it doesn't make equality wrong. It just means we're jerks. Do I wish that none of us were jerks? Yes, I do.

  16. Dan
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow, more threats and bullying coming from the same group that claims to be so against bullying. Shame on you.

  17. Chairm
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Michael C,

    In terms of content, can you distinguish these disgusting remarks from the rhetoric of the leaders of the SSM campaign?

    It is common to claim that young people ought to be pro SSM and that the government has an obligation to indictrinate school children along those lines. For instance. The goal is to turn children against their parents and to recruit government to that purpose.

    That is the sort of content comparison that applies here.

    ThEn there is the assumption, contrary to fact, that support for the marriage status quo is anti-equality and so must be disparaged severely.

    The tone is nt the focus of my query to you (and other SSMers) but content.

    From the remarks that I now would asume you find disgusting are the two or three that expressed keen interest in killing the young defender of the marriage status quo. What about the content of all these comments ... minus death threats (however imptent they might turn out to be)? I get the sense of a theme of revenge or payback of some form. You?

  18. Reformed
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    These comments are horrible! Certainly they must have been posted by trolls trying to instigate a backlash against marriage equality support. Far too over the top to be real.

  19. Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Common Facts: 1) God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve .... If He wanted it this way, He would've done the latter....
    2) You have reduced the Sanctity of Marriage to something as common as two dogs in heat doing it to each other .... If Man was to be an Animal, we wouldn't walk upright and we wouldn't have Intelligence or Free Will.

    3) Which one sounds better to you?

    Mommy, where do babies come from?
    a) A petrie dish because we put your father's sperm and my egg together to spin in a tube until they fertilized and developed into a zygote afterward this was implanted into Mommy's stomach and you popped out 9 months later? Does that answer your question?

    OR

    Honey, the best thing about being husband and wife is being able to share our love to produce you naturally, lovingly, intimately to form this beautiful family God has blessed us with and you were made with the upmost love and a twinkle in my eye.

  20. Michael C
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    heya Chairm,

    If you're asking me if I think telling students that gay people exist is a form of "polite" harassment, no, I don't. The reality of the existence of homosexuals does not undermine a parents right to instill whatever values they choose in their children (unless parents are teaching their children to have no respect for those with different beliefs).
    As far as equality is concerned, do you understand why gay people do not feel that they are being treated equally?

  21. Chairm
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Michael C, no that is not what I asked. If you wish to dodge that is your choice.

    However such a dodge would illustrate the problem with the content of the SSM campaign's rhetoric and argumentation.

    - - -

    Yes, Michael, I understand the SSM complaint. It depends on a set of false equivalencies asseted axiomatically as true equivalencies..

    - - -

    You asked about feelings. Feelings are of signficance but both sides would best remain tethered to reasoning. Otherwise there is little to say to restrain people on either side from spewing the sort of disusting remarks you and both object to.

    Did you not detect the theme of reprisal and vengeance-seeking? Of turning government against the parent-child relationship? Of unjustly impugning the child an her parents' motives?

    I did -- even if some on the SSM side might look away from it and even if some on the marriage side might be more than tempted to react in kind. Which of those three do you think is orienteted toward promotion of equal respect and forthrght public discourse?

    Should I instead ask which you FEEL does so? I think you might understand my meaning.

  22. John
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion threats to anyone is wrong, both sides of this discussion. We should resist assigning characteristics globally when all in a particular group do not share responsibility for those actions. Stereotyping is what it is called, and no one benefits from it.

  23. Chairm
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    John, which specific stereotypes did you have in mind?

  24. Posted February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    This girl is to be commended for standing up to the SSM bullies and needs prayers of protection to keep fear at bay. Bless her heart for being brave and true to her beliefs. Shame on the SSM hypocrites.